Category Archives: College Basketball


One time I had to broadcast a three-game series between UCLA and Oral Roberts in baseball. I made it through three full games, over 9 hours of extemporaneous conversation, without giggling.

Oral. Roberts.

Also: Buzzer beaters totally rule. I will not argue about this.


You know how (dr) John is always defending play-by-play announcers, like he’s some annoying announcer himself? That’s because he is. Dig Robert Smith stealing one for UC Riverside at Montana State yesterday. Plenty of good seats still available in Bozeman!


The DA says some of Bernie Fine’s accusers are credible. However, there cannot be prosecution. The American justice system is not perfect. Some times, that hurts more than others. This is one of those times.


The former police chief whose department did not investigate child sex abuse claims against a former Syracuse coach played basketball himself at Syracuse.

Former police chief Dennis Duval played basketball at Syracuse in the early 1970s, when current head coach Jim Boeheim was an assistant. Duval did not play for Bernie Fine, who was fired earlier this week after a third man claimed Fine molested him.

Syracuse police were notified in 2002 of allegations against Fine but did not move forward with an investigation.

Attention, everyone: If you live in a small town, leave. Creepy creepy creepy stuff gets swept under the rug in small towns. LA has traffic and New York is crowded but at least they prosecute the child rapists.



Maybe it’s not just Penn State. Maybe it’s not just the Catholic Church. While we hope there is no rush to judgement of Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine, there is no denying the truth: Sex abuse of children is a far larger issue than any of us care to think about. Maybe it’s time for everyone to look more skeptically at institutions that have relatively unfettered access to young people.

Maybe this is just a sad, sad chapter of history in college sports.


Oklahoma State head women’s basketball coach and an assistant coach were killed in a small plane crash in central Arkansas. Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna were among 4 killed after a single engine plane went down last night, according to Oklahoma State. There were no survivors of the crash.

Oklahoma State lost 10 members of the school’s men’s basketball team in a 2001 plane crash.


Looks like Andrew Luck isn’t the only Cardinal student-athlete with accuracy down field. Dig Gabriel Harris’ effort for Stanford against Colorado State just before halftime. The bomb brought Stanford within two points at intermission. Stanford went on to win at home over the Rams 64-52.


The USS Carl Vinson’s flight deck is the foundation upon which hardwood now rests. It’s the Carrier Classic, with North Carolina playing Michigan State today in an early-season college basketball celebration of Veterans Day. Pretty cool, no?


A new biography on former Alaskan governor and former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin says she had a one-night tryst with former NBA and college hoops star Glen Rice in 1987.

The books says Palin and Rice hooked up at the Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament in 1987. Palin, 23 and unmarried at the time, was covering the event as a sports reporter for KTUU-TV. Rice was playing in the tournament with Michigan, where he was the Wolverines star player.



If only all international incidents were played above the rim. The Georgetown varsity is in China, on what is ironically being called a goodwill trip. The Hoyas brawled with the Bayi Rockets last night, causing an early end to what has been termed a “very competitive game” by Georgetown coach John Thompson III.

Also, Joe Biden – the Vice President – has been attending some of the Hoyas games in China. Biden’s presence adds another layer of pure entertainment value and absurdism to the entire thing, no?